now to help young people achieve their college dreams.

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The Southern Border and a Broader View 

Posted: May 19, 2023

Omar Carrera speaks about the Title 42 policy ending and what that means for Canal Alliance.

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Client Story

A seven-year path to residency

Posted: April 6, 2023

In May 2022, seven years after she emigrated from Guatemala, Karla Rodas became a U.S. resident. She credits the Immigration Legal Services (ILS) team at Canal Alliance with helping her to achieve this milestone.

Blanca Garcia

Client Story

Navigating a journey to a brighter future 

Posted: April 5, 2023

Discover the inspiring story of Blanca Garcia, a nursing student and mother who overcame adversity with the help of Canal Alliance. Learn how she transformed her life and now pursues her dreams in the medical field.

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Getting to Know Joana Castro Simonini, Director of Immigration Legal Services at Canal Alliance  

Posted: March 21, 2023

Canal Alliance is thrilled to announce Joana Castro Simonini’s promotion to Director of Immigration Legal services (ILS). Joana’s passion for immigration law has been with her since the beginning of law school and motivates her in her work for Canal Alliance and for our clients. In fact, Joana first came to Canal Alliance as a client herself. 


Marin immigration advocates decry Title 42 extension

Posted: January 2, 2023

Omar Carrera, chief executive of Canal Alliance, an immigrant advocacy organization in San Rafael, said the policy is being “misused.”


Entrepreneur achieves through education

Posted: October 25, 2022

Melkyn Mazariegos came to the U.S. from Guatemala as a teenager to support his family and make a better life for himself.

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Outdoors & Recreation

Jordan Vasquez: Student volunteer becomes a mentor to immigrant youth

Posted: October 25, 2022

Jordan Vasquez started out as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Canal Alliance helping immigrants speak English. Jordan is now helping immigrant youth in the OFY program as the Client success Mentor Coordinator.

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Client Story

Gabriela Araceli Guiterrez and Filemon Para Hernandez: U.S. citizens and new voters

Posted: September 21, 2022

In this interview, Gabriela and Filemon detail their incredible journey, ongoing pursuit of educational opportunities, and what citizenship means to their family.  

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Civic Engagement

Immigration Legal Services as the Foundation for Improving Lives

Posted: September 6, 2022

Canal Alliance’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) serves as the foundation for Improving Lives in the Canal district.


Canal Alliance urges federal action to protect immigrant families

Posted: May 6, 2022

Canal Alliance joined nonprofits from every state and the District of Columbia urging the Biden Administration to act quickly to finalize responsible “public charge” regulations that protect families.  

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